A TOTAL FILM INDONESIA FEATURE: RICHARD ARMITAGE
This is a folding cover. So Bilbo’s picture can be folded inside so that you get double The Hobbit covers. Last year we did Gandalf & Bilbo. This year, we decided to do Thorin and Bilbo because everyone in the office really liked Thorin’s pose (but Bilbo is a must). More info on Total Film Indonesia #49.
Long Live The King
This actor faces many dangers and finds plenty of inspiration to play his kingly role. How far would Richard Armitage go to breathe life into Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug?”
WORDS AMANDA AAYUSYA PORTRAIT SARAH DUNN
At more than six feet tall (according to his IMDb page, he’s 1.89 meters tall), Richard Armitage is as far from a regular dwarf’s height as possible. And with his calm and courteous attitude, he’s also far from villainy as possible. However, for some reason we can’t quite fathom, he has never been cast as a straight-up protagonist before being hired by Peter Jackson to play dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield. Just look at his Guy de Gisborn in the Robin Hood TV series, Lucas North in Spooks and Heinz Kruger in Captain America: The First Avenger (for those of you who didn’t notice him, he’s that guy who shot Stanley Tucci’s Abraham Erskine after Steve Rogers got buffed up by the super soldier serum).
Marvel Studios Hall H Comic-Con 2013 Panel: Thor 2, Captain America 2, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Avengers 2
Silas Lesnick from Comingsoon.net live-blogged descriptions of each footage shown at the Marvel Studios panel at Hall H, San Diego Comic-Con 2013.
THOR: THE DARK WORLD
WOW! It looks like the most epic Game of Thrones battle you can imagine
Very, very practical-looking
The footage begins in the middle of a battlefield. The Warriors Three are among those fighting.
The rainbow bridge appears and Mjolnir comes through first.
It hits one of the opponent soldiers and Thor is right behind it.
He slams it against the Earth and soldiers go flying.
Sif saves Thor from a spear at the last second.
Over the hill a giant monster who looks like he’s made of clay approaches.
He’s huge and angry. Nearly 20 feet.
“I accept your surrender,” Thor grins.
The beast refuses and Thor smashes him to pieces with the hammmer.
“Anyone else?” Thor asks.
The Marvel logo comes up and we’re in London. Jane Foster is there and Thor arrives via the bridge.
“I gave you my word I would return for you,” he says.
We see Jane in Asgard, exploring the wonder of it all
There’s a brief, “Holy s–t” line from Kat Dennings as Thor and Jane vanish via the bridge.
Something is wrong in Asgard. There’s some sort of invisible bridge that has been discovered nearby.
Thor goes to Loki. He’s get in a prison cell with a big glass panel in front.
“After all this time, you come before me, brother?” says Loki, “Why? To mock?”
Thor says he needs Loki’s help.
We see a hand reach for a broken mask, I believe it’s Malekith.
“Your bravery will not relieve your pain,” a voice (I think Eccleston) says. “Your family and your world will be extinguished.”
Loki sets off with Thor, Jane, Sif and the Warriors Three for a mission.
Jane looks at a monitor and says something about the fabric of reality being torn apart.
Sif tells Loki that if he betrays Thor, she’ll kill him.
Jane marches right up and slaps Loki in the face.
“That was for New York!” she says.
“I like her,” Loki grins.
There’s a final shot of Thor on the ground, hurt, with Loki standing over him.
He kicks Thor directly in the face.
Thor reaches for his hammer, but Loki kicks his hand away.
The logo comes up. It looks amazing!
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
We open in an elevator. Cap is inside, looking out the glass window. I think we’re in DC.
We see him from behind. He’s got the shield on his back like a backpack.
He turns as more people (Frank Grillo among them) get on.
His uniform is new. It looks a lot like the US Agent costume.
The music is moody, like The Hunt For Red October.
Cap looks Grillo up and down. He senses something isn’t right.
More people get on. Cap keeps looking at them. He notices many of them are armed.
More and more get on with each floor. The elevator is packed.
Cap takes another look at their guns.
Before we get started,” he says, “Does anyone want to get out?”
Grillo says something about it “not being personal” and a fight breaks out.
It’s a massive fight, mostly shot from above, in the confined space. Cap takes out every single guy.
He kicks his shield, flipping it into his hand as he exits.
The Marvel logo comes up. We see Robert Redford in an office.
He saying that he joined SHIELD to protect the world.
“To build a better world sometimes means tearing the old one down,” he says. “And that makes enemies.”
We see the Helicarrier flying. Lots of Black Widow action.
Fury shaking hands with Redford.
Fury is talking to Cap.
“I thought the punishment usually came after the crime,” Cap tells him.
We see Mackie running from a futuristic helicopter. He leaps off a building and we see the Falcon wings come out!
Cap on his motorcycle, fighting the helicopter.
The helicarrier falling out of the sky in flames.
The final shot is Cap’s shield on the ground, A metal hand reaches down to pick it up, revealing the Winter Soldier.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Star-Lord gets arrested, disappointed they don’t know his name.
We see him being booked on a prison ship and John C. Reilly reading off the passenger manifest.
Drax, all practical
Gamora (Zoe looks AMAZING), also practical.
She’s described as “Thanos’ adopted daughter by Reilly”
Rocket Racoon, just called “Rocket”
No word on the voice. But he’s feisty. He spits as his name gets read.
Groot, who is all CGI and has to lean down for his mug shot.
Reilly calls him a “personal houseplant slash muscle”
I AM GROOT
Then Star Lord, who very slowly does a jack-in-the-box flipping off Reilly.
When he finishes, he mocks surprise. “Oh,” he says ,”I’m sorry. I didn’t know how that machine worked.”
As he’s getting booked, he’s very angry about a guard taking his headphones and listening to them.
“They call themselves the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’,” Reilly says, rolling his eyes.
“What a bunch of a-holes,” says the guard behind Reilly.
The logo comes up with “Hooked on a Feeling” playing over it.
THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
This is revealed to be the title for the sequel of Marvel’s The Avengers by Joss Whedon.
If you care about the Pacific Rim movie, you should also care about the comic book: Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero by Travis Beacham. Read the review.
Dear Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro,
Thank you for Mako Mori.
Mako Mori is one of my favorite movie characters of all time.
The way GdT and Beacham made her a kick-ass heroine without making her a sex object is just fantastic. Also, the way you write about her is exquisite – her somewhat platonic relationship with Raleigh Becket is wonderful, although in my heart I do believe they did fall in love with each other.
When I remember how she looked up eagerly to her mentor and surrogate father, Stacker Pentecost, during Raleigh’s trials in the movie, I couldn’t stop smiling because she was so adorable. Even more fantastic is the way she corrected Raleigh when he told her that she didn’t have to obey Stacker’s orders. “It’s not obedience, Mr. Becket; it’s respect” is a line that will stay with me forever. It is Mako who makes both Raleigh and Stacker such awesome characters, because they both treat her with the same respect that she shows them.
And when I read in Tales Of Year Zero that Stacker adopted her, and how they stood embracing Tamsin Sevier like a family of three, the tears just won’t stop. Because then it made Mako’s “Goodbye, sensei” in the movie all the more poignant.
Poetic is also how I would describe Mako’s appearance. She’s not sexy, she’s not cutesy, she’s just Mako. The image of little Mako wearing blue coat and holding her red shoe is powerful. Del Toro said that the shoe represented her heart, something she lost (because the shoe was off her feet) because she lost her family from the Kaiju attack. She grew up to be a restrained and closed off woman, represented by the way she wore the all black and the umbrella in her first scene in the movie. Only when she joined Raleigh in the drift did their colors blend and mix, thus signifying Mako finding her heart once again.
This is too sweet for words. I don’t know how GdT and Beacham did it but they did. Pacific Rim is an all-out action movie that’s big and noisy but it has such a big heart in the form of Mako Mori. I wish more filmmakers would make movies this way!
Pacific Rim is officially one of my Top 3 movies of 2013.
The leading Jaeger, Gipsy Danger, is apparently “a lady”. Stacker Pentecost calls it “the lady” (“we can clear the path, for the lady”, he says and it sounds all the more wonderful coming from him because he’s played by Idris Elba and Idris Elba is an absolute gentleman). Raleigh Becket refers to her as “she”. And The Lady Robot is definitely the hero of the movie.
Gipsy Danger is piloted by Raleigh, but he’s not as important as Mako Mori, who is another awesome lady in the movie.
It’s even better to have 2 leading ladies who absolutely surpass all the other dudes in terms of awesomeness than 10 female characters that are just decorations.
WHY DO I NOT HAVE MY OWN JAEGER TO PILOT ALREADY?
Just came back from the screening and I am frankly baffled.
I am baffled by the hate that some people have for Pacific Rim. I’ve seen it before in the internet. People calling this movie stupid and noisy and comparing it to Transformers. I understand that yes, people have different tastes and some people’s tastes don’t run to robot movies with sea monsters in it. But, this time around, I’m just not getting the reason behind the negativity. It’s like I don’t understand either how some people can be so hateful toward The Hobbit. To criticize a movie, that’s good. We could all use some criticism in our lives… but to hate a movie? Gee. Do the haters have nothing else to do?
The thing with Pacific Rim is that yeah, it’s super huge and metallic and shiny and noisy, but it’s also so much fun. It’s like when you eat a particularly delicious meal or find money in your pocket that you’ve forgotten you put there a long time ago. It’s a movie that gives you a rush, makes your heart beat a little faster and internally cheer at the movie heroism of it all.
There are robots – or, more accurately, Jaegers – that mimic the personalities of their pilots. There’s the rowdy Australian Jaeger, Striker Eureka, and then there’s the stiff Russian Jaeger, Cherno Alpha. You’ve got the small but ambitious Chinese Jaeger, Crimson Typhoon, and the underdog star of the ocean, Gipsy Danger. And the names! Even the names give me a rush! They go pow pow pow, bang boom bam, rip-that-Kaiju-apart-mofos! One’s got a sword and the other has knife-shaped arms. Then Idris Elba goes “we are cancelling the apocalypse!” and the words are not just a gimmicky tagline – it’s a moment achieved through the build-up of his character’s journey that feels so rewarding at the end.
It’s like, DEAR ZACK SNYDER, THIS IS HOW YOU BUILD UP A MOVIE AND MAKE THE ENDING WORK.
And also, DEAR MICHAEL BAY, THIS IS HOW YOU MAKE A ROBOT MOVIE.
(I’m actually a fan of the Transformers movies and I don’t hate them like most people do. But Pacific Rim is just on another level.)
The movie is geeky, yes, and non-geeks (or, rather, non-otaku) will probably not get it. But not getting it is no reason to hate. Or maybe it is. Because ignorance breeds hatred, most of the time, and that’s a problem many people seem to have with Pacific Rim. But personally, I feel that even if I hadn’t grown up with Neon Genesis Evangelion or Mobile Suit Gundam (I certainly didn’t like kaiju movies when I was a kid), or any kind of otaku (and J-pop) stuff from Japan, I still would’ve the film. I would appreciate its ability to make me forget the woes of the world for 131 minutes and its genuine effort at giving us an original script that doesn’t come from a book, a comic book, a previously made movie, a TV series, a radio show or a theater play.
Or maybe I’m just that big of a GdT fan. Hm.
Really, though, this is Travis Beacham and Guillermo del Toro saying, “Hey, kids, don’t plagiarize… but get inspired.” (Very similar to what Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer did with the very first Pirates movie.) It’s all about honoring the idea that inspired you, not copying what others have done before you. I can only wish I had an imagination like that.
What I’m trying to say is: keep an open mind and try it out. Of course, if you don’t like robots and monsters, don’t go for it… but don’t hate. Is that so hard to do?
— Legendary (@Legendary) July 10, 2013
THE TOTAL FILM (INDONESIA) INTERVIEW: BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
Scientist. Dragon. Spy. Name the role and he’ll be on a roll (brilliantly, too). As one of the most talented British actor of today, Benedict Cumberatch has stolen a million hearts as Sherlock Holmes. Now he’ll steal a lot more as the main villain in Star Trek Into Darkness. But he denies, “I don’t feel like a villain…”
PORTRAIT BRIAN BOWEN SMITH
KHAAAAAAN! Khan? Not quite. John Harrison? Debatable. You’ll have to forgive us if even until now we still can’t believe the name of the character Benedict Cumberbatch plays in J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi extravaganza Star Trek Into Darkness, a sequel to the franchise’s 2009 reboot Star Trek, is actually called John Harrison. Considering this is a movie by the master of twisted turns such as Abrams, we reserve the right to remain skeptical until we sit inside a cinema and directly watch the film.
But what we’ll never be skeptical about is the actor acting the villain. Cumberbatch, with acting blood in his veins, is not just any actor. If he’s got a legion of female admirers (and perhaps a few male ones too), we are entirely unsurprised. His eyes and cheekbones can really cut through the heart of many… and who doesn’t like a charming, intelligent Brit man with plenty of wit? Which is why it comes as a surprise that this London-born thesp (born 19 July 1976) built the earlier part of his career out of playing prats, like that pompous windbag Patrick Watts in Starter For 10 and molester Paul Marshall in Atonement. Even now, his new roles are still leaning towards the evil: recently Islington in BBC 4 Radio Extra’s Neverwhere, Smaug the dragon and The Necromancer in The Hobbit, and of course ‘John Harrison’.
When we first saw him in BBC’s Sherlock, we almost couldn’t believe that this detective was fleshed out by the same man who brought scientist Stephen Hawking in Hawking (2004). The transition from a smart and sympathetic figure like Hawking to an arrogant investigator with little to no moral conscience, though, does prove one thing: that despite having an army of fans as widespread as NATO’s military units (maybe even beyond), Cumberbatch has given evidence that he is a quality actor rich in experience, range and particular charisma.
Watching him act is a one of a kind experience (when we watched Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, where he assisted Gary Oldman that hit Tom Hardy and making small talk with Colin Firth, our row was shamelessly noisy, doling out praises), and John Harrison – or whoever his name is – appears set to be his most entertaining role ever since Sherlock Holmes. It is ironic, then, that his actor parents (Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham) wanted their son to be a lawyer. What would cinema be without Cumberbatch? Although, from the way he evades STID spoilers, we’re very sure he’d make a good lawyer too… Read the rest of this entry »